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A Message from Kate Hainsworth, CEO, Leeds Community Foundation and GiveBradford


Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update 

All of us at the Foundation are delighted to be working shoulder to shoulder with partners in Leeds and Bradford, across sectors, and with fellow funders, to provide a joined up provision for those we can support who need it the most.

We have leveraged nearly £1.5 million to support small charities and voluntary organisations across Leeds and Bradford in response to the Covid-19 crisis, focussing on helping charities and voluntary groups continue to do their vital work, both now and in the future.

I would like to take this opportunity to say a huge thank all of our supporters and of course, the community groups and volunteers who have shown incredible energy, passion and willingness to adapt during these unprecedented times.

Existing funding Programmes are still running, but have been adapted in some cases to meet emerging needs and we continue to listen and work alongside groups on how best to do this.

Priority has been providing support to those whose operations have been severely affected by COVID-19 and through the Leeds Community Foundation and GiveBradford Resilience Funds, money has already been distributed to meet urgent needs whilst considering the long-term COVID-19 implications. The Fund has also been designed to help charities and voluntary groups make decisions for the future.

By adapting the Leeds and Bradford Healthy Holidays programme, which supports children through activities and food in the school holidays, and by redirecting and leveraging funds, the Foundation has been able to work with local authority partners to support organisations working with children and young people, so they can meet the needs of the most vulnerable families while the schools are closed.

The Foundation are also distribution partners of the National Emergencies Trust (NET) Appeal. The NET funding has supplemented the work of the Healthy Holidays Programme across Leeds and Bradford and we have been supporting groups delivering Covid-19 response work with grants for running costs in Wakefield.

The decisions we are taking aren’t easy or straightforward. There is huge pressure on funders like us right now to get money out the door as quickly as possible. Where it’s needed, we are moving fast. But we also believe it is vital that we plan carefully for the world beyond lockdown and that’s why we are continuing to focus on longer-term resilience.


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We believe that everyone across Bradford, from Wharfedale to Wyke, Eastburn to Esholt deserves a chance to make the most of their life and have access to the same opportunities.

We invest in these groups by distributing grants and sharing advice – acting as a catalyst for positive change. GiveBradford relies on the generosity of individuals, businesses and public sector organisations to help local people to gain the support they need now, while investing in a brighter future for all.

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